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Waterfront Arts and Activation




Port tidelands: a world-class arts and cultural destination


To create a vibrant waterfront destination with innovative artworks, cultural programming and activation opportunities that enhances the visual excitement and cultural richness of Port tidelands. 


To establish Port tidelands as a world-class arts and cultural destination that enriches the lives of present and future generations.

    About Waterfront Arts & Activation department

    The Board of Port Commissioners is committed to expanding opportunities for residents and visitors to the region to experience a vibrant waterfront destination with innovative artworks, cultural programming, and activation opportunities that enhance the visual excitement and cultural richness of Port tidelands.

    The Waterfront Arts & Activation department was created and invested with the mission of supporting the District, its tenants, and its member cities by providing leadership, management of the public art programs, and stewardship of the District’s Tidelands Collection as a regional cultural asset. Additionally, the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee was established to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board and the Waterfront Arts & Activation department, promoting the District’s vision of Port tidelands as a world-class arts and cultural destination.

    The Office of Waterfront Arts & Activation is guided by the strategy and recommendations contained in the Public Art Master Plan and the 5-year plan, Curatorial Strategy 2012-2016 

    Yvonne Wise, Chief Curator
    Waterfront Arts & Activation department

    Public Art Opportunities

    The Waterfront Arts & Activation department encourages artists interested in learning more about the artist opportunities and art-related news with the Port of San Diego to subscribe via email to Arts & Culture News and Opportunities. This is the Waterfront Arts & Activation department's primary means of communicating opportunities to artists.

    Find out more and open calls to artists for Port of San Diego public art projects are posted here.

    Sponsor Requests to Exhibit Artwork on Tidelands

    The Port of San Diego's Waterfront Arts & Activation department conducts an annual review of external requests from sponsors who want to temporarily exhibit artwork or objects on Port property or donate artwork or objects to the Port of San Diego.  This review process enables the Port to effectively evaluate proposals and plan workload around projects on an annual basis. Sponsors are strongly encouraged to submit applications well in advance of desired installation timeframes to ensure adequate time for conceptual development, evaluations, and internal review processes.

    Applications for the 2019 review cycle are due no later than January 31, 2019 at 5PM

     Click here for the 2018 application

    Public Art Policies

    The Board of Port Commissioners (BPC) has adopted two policies governing the operation of the Office of Arts & Culture programs and activities. 

    BPC Policy 609 - Public Art Programs:This policy established the administrative framework for the District’s Office of Arts & Culture, and Arts & Culture Advisory Committee. 

    BPC Policy 608 - Tenant Percent for Art Program:This policy presents the Port tenant percent for art requirement. It sets forth the options for fulfilling the requirement and the step-by-step process for tenant percent for art projects.